2024 Presidential Nomination Primary
In March, 2024, Minnesota will hold a presidential nomination primary to vote for each major party's nominee for President.
The current election law specific to the presidential primary is in Minnesota Statutes Chapter 207A and Minnesota Rules Chapter 8215. Common questions about the presidential primary are answered below.
When will the presidential primary take place?
March 5, 2024.
Will all parties participate in the presidential primary?
No, only major parties will participate.
Will all parties be on the same ballot?
No, each participating major party will have a separate ballot.
The current Minnesota major political parties are:
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Who decides which candidates will appear on a party’s ballot?
The chair of each party will submit a list of candidates for the party’s ballot no later than 63 days before the date of the presidential primary (January 2, 2024).
What if a candidate drops out before the primary?
Once a party’s list is submitted, changes will not be made to candidates that will appear on the ballot.
Will there be a place to write in a choice or vote for “uncommitted”?
Only if it is requested by the party chair. Party chairs will need to submit names of write-in candidates to be counted seven days before the primary.
Will any other offices be on the ballot?
No, only presidential candidates from a major party will appear on the presidential primary ballot. Other offices with a primary will be on the primary ballot in August.
Who can vote in the presidential primary?
Any voter registered in Minnesota. Voters can pre-register through February 13, or register at the polling place when they vote. Note that voters must turn 18 years old by March 5 to vote in the presidential primary.
How will I be able to vote in the presidential primary?
Registered voters will be able to vote at their polling place on presidential primary day or by absentee ballot in the 46 days before presidential primary day (starting January 19, 2024). A voter must request the ballot of the party of their choice. If a voter refuses to select a party, they will not be able to vote in the presidential primary.
Will other people know which party’s ballot I request?
A voter’s choice of party ballot will be recorded and is private data. However, a list will be provided to the chair of each major political party of voters who selected that party. How a voter voted on the ballot will be secret.
Will parties have to abide by the primary results?
The presidential primary results must bind the election of delegates in each party.
Who will pay for the presidential nomination primary?
County and municipalities will be reimbursed by the state for the primary costs.
How much will the primary cost?
In 2020, the cost to administer the presidential primary was $9.6 million. Counties and municipalities will be reimbursed for their costs of administering the Presidential Nomination Primary following the election.
Will there still be precinct caucuses?
Yes, precinct caucuses and local and state nominating conventions will still take place to conduct other party business.
Is the presidential nomination primary the same as the presidential primary?
Yes, the official name of this election is "presidential nomination primary" but it is popularly known simply as the presidential primary.
Sample Ballots for 2024 Presidential Nomination Primary
* Sample Ballots Per Precinct--please note, there is a separate ballot per each major political party for the PNP. Minnesota Election Law permits you to vote for a candidate of only one political party in a Presidential Nomination Primary. Click here to read the Notice to Primary Voters issued by the MN Secretary of State's Office.
Voters are only allowed to vote at their designated polling place. The City of St. Joseph has 2 polling places. Find your polling place and precinct number.